The Old Wish At Christmas

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Ahhh, another Christmas card from my favorite unknown artist! Again no date, jeesh! This one is signed  “Mildred & Meade.”  Yep, one might think this couple’s name would help narrow down the date, since Meade is not a common first name. But as it turns out, there are quite a number of “Mildred and Meades” showing up all over the United States. Anyway, this is a beautiful little card. The small design at the top is done in red, gold and black. It shows a partial scene of a stone cottage, with red roof and rounded door. Birds are in flight, and if this is a seaside cottage then we’re seeing golden waves in the background. In the foreground we see a woman in mid-19th century dress hurrying toward her destination, with her long scarf flying behind her. The scene is bordered with a sort of Art Nouveau styled red line which mimics the line of the cottage. The verse states:


No words can keep our hearts as young

As these which ring on every tongue,


The other two similar cards that we have on this website are listed under the Charles Jarchow and May Your Christmas Be Merry posts.

Christmas card, circa 1910s – 1930s. Artist unknown.  Size:  About 4 and 7/8 x 3 and 7/8″

Price:  $15.00

Coach Stop Merry Christmas

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“I’ve wished it many times before, Hope I can wish it many more. – Merry Christmas”

Beautiful vintage Christmas card sent by The Ingalls family, showing colorful depiction of a couple waiting at the coach stop with their Christmas packages. Perhaps this will remind you of a scene from the English countryside in the 1800’s. Even though it may seem funny to research a drawing like this, in order to pin-point the time-period of this fictional scene, (it has become rather an obsession here at Laurel Cottage) it is (besides being amusing) worthwhile to pick out the drawing’s details:  the gentleman wears a caped great coat and top hat; the lady wears a bonnet and carries a muff. Is the gentleman holding an oil lantern or a kerosene lantern? Was this a Regency or Victorian Era scene, or later? Good grief, these questions lead to others such as:  what really is the time frame for the Regency Era (strictly-speaking 1811-1820 but a little bit broader time-frame in general, for the Regency influence); when was the kerosene lantern invented (evidently not a simple question, there were lots of patents out there); when were top hats popular; what is the history of coaching; what is that architectural style (“half-timbered,” but that was probably not a true half-timbered house, as the timber ornamentation was a popular add-on in the 1800’s for decoration.)

Size:  About 4 x 5″

Price:  $20.00

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May Your Christmas Be Merry

May Your Christmas Be Merry

An absolutely wonderful Christmas card signed, “Herman and Mary Louise.” This one needs more research on the style, possible artist and date. See a newer post on this website that might be by the same artist. “Best Wishes From Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jarchow.”

Christmas card. Artist and date unknown. Circa 1900 – 1930.  Size:  About 4 x 5″

Price:  $30.00

Ship With Colorful Sails Christmas Card

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“With Heartiest Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the New Year”

An odd kind of Christmas card and the worse for wear, but the colors are great. It was either from, or to Ruth Cochran. Nothing on the back except for someone’s arithmetic.

Size:  About 5 x 4″